Updating your sound card
Depending on your budget, you can buy a quality sound card for the discerning audiophile and gamer.I went with an Asus Xonar DX, a model that many say offers pretty good bang for the buck (after trying it, I tend to share that opinion).Especially if your PC is hooked up to a good amplifier and a nice set of speakers.So, here’s how to install a better sound card and enjoy your audio the way it was meant to be heard. On the Windows taskbar, click the Start button, then Settings, then Control Panel, then System. Click the Hardware tab, and then the Device Manager button. Click the PLUS SIGN ( ) next to Sound, video, and game controllers. Right-click your sound card, and then click Properties. Compare the window's contents with sound card driver descriptions in the sound card documentation. On the General tab, make sure that the Device status message is "This device is working properly." If the Device Status message states that the device is not working properly, contact your sound card or computer manufacturer for further assistance. If you are unable to locate the name of your Sound Card, you can view the Sound Card from your Direct X Diagnostic Report: 1. • Under the Device section, you will be able to view the name of your Sound Card. • Once you have launched the Direct X Diagnostic report, click on the Sound tab.
Once it detects that updates are required, it will provide you with a listing of essential, critical and recommended updates that you need to download and install on your PC.It’s wise to check periodically to see if updated drives have been released for your sound card.For the Creative Audigy card, this means going to the appropriate Support page for your country or region, and clicking on DOWNLOAD DRIVERS. Creative give you the option using their Auto Update feature or of downloading a driver update manually.Creative Auto Update uses a small downloadable module of 300KB.
This module is an Active X control that once downloaded runs this specific task. You need to reinstall the correct sound card driver.